Grand Shield Glory for NASUWT Riverside

Congratulations to NASUWT Riverside, Northop Silver and Vernon Building Society Poynton Bands on winning their respective competitions at the Spring Festival in Blackpool.
A fantastic day’s brass banding took place at the Winter Gardens, superbly organised with some quality performances. In addition to NASUWT Riverside, who was led to success by Professor Nicholas Childs, The Cooperation Band under Michael Fowles will also be competing at this year’s British Open Championships.
As runners-up in the Senior Cup Wantage Silver, Llwycoed and Ratby Co-operative also secured promotion to the Grand Shield, with Llwcoed’s regular MD Christopher Turner, picking up the best instrumentalist award as he swapped his baton for a soprano for the day!
In the Senior Trophy City of Bradford, Verwood Concert Brass and Shepherd Group join Vernon Building Society Poynton in promotion to the Senior Cup.
Full results can be seen below and a detailed review of the event will appear in the next issue of BBW.
The Grand Shield:
Test Piece: Fraternity (Thierry Deleruyelle)
Adjudicators: Garry Cutt & Steve Sykes
1. NASUWT Riverside (Prof Nicholas Childs) *
2. The Cooperation Band (Michael Fowles)*
3. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts) 
4. The GUS Band (Chris Jeans) 
5. Woodfalls (Dr Robert Childs) 
6. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Ben Dixon) 
7. Rainford (Gareth Brindle) 
8. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray) 
9. Friary Brass Band (Chris King) 
10. Milnrow (Dennis Hadfield) 
11. Hepworth (Dr David Thornton) 
12. City of Hull (Stig Maersk) 
13. St Dennis (Darren R Hawken) 
14. Oldham Band (Lees) (John Collins) 
15. Camborne Town (Kevin Mackenzie) 
16. Redbridge (Jeremy Wise) 
17. Filton Concert Brass (Tom Davoren)** 
18. Thoresby Colliery (Ian McElligott)** 
19. Jaguar Land Rover (Nigel Seaman)**
20. Skelmanthorpe (Martin Heartfield)**
Best Instrumentalist: Jim Hayes (solo cornet) — the cooperation band
*Promoted to the British Open
**Relegated to the Senior Cup
The Senior Cup:
Test Piece: Symphonic Music for Brass Band (Paul Huber)
Adjudicators: Mark Wilkinson & Thomas Wyss
1. Northop Silver (John Doyle)*
2. Wantage Silver (Paul Holland)* 
3. Llwydcoed (David Hirst)*
4. Ratby Co-operative (David Purkiss)*
5. Roche Brass (David Johnson)
6. Newtongrange Silver (Andrew Duncan) 
7. Kingdom Brass (Ian Porthouse)
8. Derwent Brass (Jack Capstaff) 
9. City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) (Christopher Bond) 
10. Ashton-under-Lyne (Philip Chalk) 
11. TCTC Group (Jef Sparkes)
12. Dalmellington (Nigel Boddice MBE) 
13. Blackburn & Darwen (Daniel Thomas)
14. Kirkintilloch (Leigh Baker) 
15. Goodwick Brass (Matthew Jenkins)  
16. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks) 
17. Aveley & Newham (Alan Duguid) 
18. Hatfield & Askern Colliery (Stan Lippeatt)**
19. Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel (Garry Hallas)**
20. Jackfield (David Maplestone)**
21. Lydbrook (Glyn Williams)**
Best Instrumentalist: Chris Turner (soprano) — Llwydcoed 
*Promoted to the Grand Shield
** Relegated to the Senior Trophy
The Senior Trophy:
Test Piece: Triumphant Rhapsody (Gilbert Vinter) 
Adjudicators: Ryan Breen & Dave Lea
1. Vernon Building Society Poynton (Ryan Watkins)*
2. City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)*
3. Verwood Concert Brass (Kevin Smith)*
4. Shepherd Group (Richard Wilton)* 
5. Tylorstown (Gary Davies)
6. Thundersley Brass (Melvin White)
7. Easington Colliery (Jonathon Fenwick) 
8. Marsden Silver (Andrew Lofthouse)
9. Unison Kinneil (Raymond Tennant) 
10. Unite the Union (John Davis)
11. Eccles Borough (Mareika Gray) 
12. East London Brass (Jayne Murrill) 
13. Burry Port Town (Ceri John)
14. Roberts Bakery (Paul Lovatt-Cooper) 
15. Laganvale (Metal Technology) (Keith Anderson)
16. SPAL Sovereign Brass (Trevor Jones) 
17. Ebbw Valley Brass (Gareth Ritter)** 
18. Strata Brass (Jonathon Bates)**
19. Staffordshire (Craig Williams)**
20.Drighlington (Neil Robinson) **
Best Instrumentalist: cornet, Tylorstown
*Promoted to the Senior Cup
**Must re-qualify

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